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Published: 19:49 | 30/1/16

Liverpool and West Ham draw

No goals at Anfield

Liverpool and West Ham will have to do it all again as they drew 0-0 in an entertaining FA Cup fourth round tie at Anfield.

Both sides had chances to win the game, although the home side will feel more aggrieved that they were unable to make their dominance count as a string of fine saves from Republic of Ireland international Darren Randolph kept them at bay.

Slaven Bilic's side had already done the league double over Liverpool this season, but the FA Cup is a different animal entirely and the Anfield crowd were in confident mood ahead of the game after watching their side reach the Capital One Cup final with a dramatic penalties win over Stoke in midweek.

West Ham spurned a good chance to open the scoring just after the quarter hour when Enner Valencia met Aaron Cresswell's cross at the far post, but his header was poor and flew harmlessly wide.

Liverpool had a good chance themselves shortly afterwards as Christian Benteke got onto the end of a dangerous free-kick into the six yard box, but his touch wasn't strong enough and Randolph was able to save easily.

Randolph was called into action again shortly afterwards to make a good stop, his first of many on the night, to keep out Cameron Brannagan's 25-yard effort on 35 minutes.

But West Ham could have been ahead on the stroke of half-time as Pedro Obiang latched onto a defensive clearance from Dejan Lovren, but his volley from just outside the penalty area drifted narrowly wide with Simon Mignolet well beaten.

The Hammers had a big shout for a penalty shortly after the restart as the ball appeared to strike Steven Caulker's hand at least once in the six-yard box, but the referee was uninterested.

Liverpool slowly got on top as the second half wore on and Randolph had to save from Carlos Teixeira after good work from Jordan Ibe out wide.

He then produced a superb triple save to deny Benteke to ensure that the sides will have to do it all again at Upton Park the week after next.

By: Kieran O'Daly

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